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Cultural dynamics, social mobility and urban segregation

Emeline Bezin and Fabien Moizeau

Journal of Urban Economics, 2017, vol. 99, issue C, 173-187

Abstract: We consider the relationship between cultural dynamics, urban segregation and inequality. To this end, we develop a model of neighbourhood formation and cultural transmission. The tension between culture preservation and socioeconomic integration drives the pattern of segregation in the city. We study the dynamics of culture and urban configurations. In the long run, the city may end-up segregated or integrated depending on cultural distance and the initial cultural composition of the population. We also show that segregation fosters the influence of family background on economic fate. Finally, segregation has ambiguous effects for long-run efficiency.

Keywords: Cultural transmission; Peer effects; Residential segregation; Human capital inequality (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 I24 R23 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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